Hi beautiful. My name is Veena V and I’m an award winning Radio Presenter turned Online Entrepreneur. I’m passionate about getting small businesses started on youtube and provide weekly youtube tips and reviews.
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I also run Real Mauritius – a travel blog all about the paradise island of Mauritius (I wish I was lying on the beach right now!)
Previous to my businesses I had been working in the media industry for over a decade as a Radio & TV Presenter. I won an award from Channel 4 for ‘Best Radio Presenter’, attracted more than 100,000 listeners to one of my radio shows and hosted events to thousands of people in London’s, Trafalgar Square.
I have even been hired to present someone’s wedding video!
My Career from the start
I started my radio career at the age of 15, when I was picked to be one of the last 22 contestants out of thousands in the London’s 95.8 Capital FM’s radio star competition, the winner was given the opportunity to present their own show on the station to over a million listeners. Unfortunately, I didn’t win but it made me even more determined to break into the radio industry.
At 16, I started a work experience placement at Oxford’s 107.9FM. The tea making paid off (horray!), as I was offered to present the 1-6am slot. My dreams came true when I was given my very own show 6 days a week. I worked my way up and was soon presenting and producing peak time shows at the weekend.
At 17, I was featured in a national book called Money Money Money, which highlighted the fact that I was at college studying for A Level Law, English Language & Literature and Business Studies whilst presenting on local radio and having a part time job; a very busy schedule for a teenager.
Just after turning 18, I achieved grades A, A and B in my A Level results. Having postponed going to university, I wanted to further my radio career by moving to a London based station. No one believed I could achieve moving from a small village in Oxfordshire and land a paid job in London but I was determined to succeed.
A demo was sent to Club Asia Radio, within 24 hours I was called in for an interview.
Since joining Club Asia, my radio shows became highly popular achieving record figures of more than 107,000 listeners. Listeners described me as a breathe of fresh air which I’m so grateful for.
Later in my career I won “Best Radio Presenter” at the Channel 4 (4 talent) awards. At 21, I was the youngest winner and also only female to be nominated in my category.
In 2009, Veena then joined Wedding TV Asia to host their flagship programme `The Shaadi Show`. It was her first major TV Presenting role and saw her visit some of the best wedding venues in the UK. Wasn’t bad for her first stint in TV land as she also got to film a show in the Bahamas!
Moving forward I continued presenting, blogging and producing. I gave birth to my son (which is another story in itself! You can read more about that on my other blog) and now I run 3 online businesses.
That’s my story so far and I feel completly honoured you read all of that!
Scott Muller, the Ex – Programme Director of Capital FM –
‘It’s extremely rare to hear someone as unique and original as Veena V, she definitely has a big future ahead of her’
MOBO Awards – Presenter and feature writer
BBC Essex – Cover presenter for BBC Introducing
Host of Diwali On The Square to 30,000 people in Trafalgar Square
Virgin – Feature writer for Virgin Red Room
MTV The Wrap Up – Blogger
The Guestlist Network – Presenter
Host of ‘Young, Dreaming & Driven’ event at Channel 4. Part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Finalist to be new presenter of M&S TV (Marks and Spencer)
Hollyoaks TV Pilot
Wedding TV – Presented 3 series of the popular ‘Shaadi Show’ on Sky
Brit Asia TV – Presented one series of Hooked Up – dating show.
Club Asia – Evening Presenter, Drive-time cover Presenter, Programme Assistant
Oxford’s FM (Formerly known as Passion)
Other Credits – Includes One off shows
MTV’s Sex Degrees of Separation
Radio 1 / 1xtra ‘Who’s the Daddy’ documentary